Those were short lived but let's not delude ourselves. Laptops do have a shorter lifespan than desktops for all the reasons you know about.
Even the battery is only rated for 500 charges or 18 months. That's not talked about much for fear the buyers would stage a revolt.
Ok, why the need for the P4? and now you are looking at a 1ghz lightweight? How about your usual office store 599 buck special? These last at our office far too long. But then again we may add a wireless keyboard and mouse so the users don't pound the machine.
So, what's it all about? After $1,200 and three years, my Inspiron 5150 finally bit it (mostly due to the fact that my machine's overheating/shutting down problems "fell outside" of the well-publicized recall's date range). I began looking for a new system, which was just plain sad at first, given that I found myself rolling around in Dell's MS love-in yet again. But after spreading my wings a bit and looking at machines off the beaten-path (well, for me, anyway), I'm thinking about picking up an Asus eee pc (2GB) and the Everex gpc. My computing needs are pretty slim; I'm not doing much more than extensive word processing and going online, and occasionally updating my iPod. The gpc would be my main system, and the eee pc would offer me the portability that my old 12 pounder never had (and yes, I've handled one and don't forsee any problems with the keyboard/screen). My question is this: for someone who's neither linux literate nor particularly computer literate but is also not a complete moron and is completely willing to get away from a standard OS, does this seem like a half-decent idea? Or at least a better idea than dropping $700 on a dell laptop full of junk I don't need? And will basic hardware things, like hooking up a monitor or installing a wireless card (both of which I've done before) be frustrating for someone who hasn't used linux before?